Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census: Portrait of the largest census metropolitan areas in the country's regions
- The number of people whose usual place of work was in the Montréal metropolitan area rose from 1,627,300
to 1,743,700 between 2001 and 2006, an increase of 7.1%.
- The number of people whose place of work was in the City of Montréal rose by 3.7% over the past five years,
to 985,500 in 2006. In contrast, the increase came to 12.1% in the peripheral municipalities in this
- In 2006, the municipalities of Montréal, Laval and Longueuil were among the 25 largest in Canada from the
point of view of the number of people working there. Of these 25 municipalities, Laval ranked third
in terms of the increase in the number of workers (+15.8%), Longueuil ranked eighth (+10.9%) and Montréal,
- In 2006, the number of people commuting to the municipality of Montréal to work was higher than the number
of workers living in that municipality (+269,600). In contrast, the number of people working in the
municipalities of Longueuil and Laval was lower than the number of workers living there (net loss
of 21,500 workers in Longueuil and 36,800 in Laval).
- The fastest growing peripheral municipalities around Montréal in terms of the number of people reporting
them as their usual place of work were Laval (+18,800, up 15.8%), Terrebonne (+9,000, or +47.5%),
Longueuil (+8,500 or +10.9%) and Boucherville (+4,100 or +16.4%).
- The median commuting distance for workers living in the Montréal CMA
who worked at a usual place of work came to 8.1 kilometres in 2006, compared to 8 kilometres in 2001.
- For workers living in the Montréal CMA in 2006, 65.4% drove to
work (compared to 65.8% in 2001) and 5.0% got to work as a passenger in a car (compared to 4.8% in 2001).
- In 2006, 21.4% of commuters living in the Montréal CMA used
public transit (compared to 21.6% in 2001), 5.7% walked (5.9% in 2001), 1.6% cycled (1.3% in 2001) and 0.8% used
another mode of transportation (0.7% in 2001).
- In 2006, 40.5% of workers whose usual place of work was in the City of Montréal used a sustainable mode of
transportation to get there, i.e., public transit, walking or cycling
(compared to 39.2% in 2001). The corresponding proportions were 17.0% for those commuting to Longueuil
(17.3% in 2001) and 13.4% for those commuting to Laval (13.4% in 2001).
- For workers living and working in the Montréal CMA, the use
of sustainable transportation increased significantly among those who had the longest distances to cover. In 2006,
16.1% of workers who travelled 15 kilometres or more used a sustainable mode of transportation to get to
work, compared to 14.3% in 2001.
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